Being a UK anarchist in the 60s

Memories of being an anarchist in the 60s
and beyond. A public talk.

Highlights included:
* Being part of the hundred or so protestors that broke away from the CND
Aldermaston march to picket a government nuclear bunker exposed by ‘Spies
for Peace’.
* Anarchists at big London demos in the 60s. This also included an account of being
kettled before the term existed.
* Membership of the British section of the International Workers
Association (IWA) and links with Spanish exiles.

15 people in the audience. There seemed to be a
good range of age/gender. The questions and discussions were interesting
and good natured and included:

* The social/cultural life of a 60s anarchist
* Brief deviation into Trotskyism!
* Being a woman in a largely male milieu (this wasn’t really an issue “I
never made the tea”).

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Chus Martinez Tree Hugger

Is environmentalism a feminist issue? Well, it’s hard to argue with the fact that climate change disproportionately affects poor women and children, especially in the Global South. Also, pollution and a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation services are daily issues women must combat. And that’s just a start of an answer to the question.

World Peace

Peace One Day undertakes a diplomatic campaign every year, utilising its network of existing and new relationships, to encourage the participation of governments, intergovernmental organisations, parties to conflict and the United Nations in Peace Day campaigns. Peace One Day has secured high-level endorsement by various leading figures, including: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; The Elders; UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; UN Assistant Secretary-General Judy Cheng-Hopkins; UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres; UNDP Administrator Helen Clark; African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra; UK Prime Minister David Cameron; and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Chus is a filmmaker

Chus is of course constantly filming her answer to Dziga Vertov’s ‘Man With a Movie Camera’, that is ‘Woman With an Iphone’. It is being played across multiple social networks as we speak near you! She loves Instagram and longs for the day when she can upgrade to Iphone 5. ‘I’ on the other hand went to film school, met a bunch of people, hung out, was hard up, made some not so good films, some of which survive to this day. The more interesting part came after this time when, in my late twenties, I dabbled in what we shall call the ‘independent’ film making scene, producing a number of videos which were distributed by an organisation called ‘Quantum Leap’.

Sexual Healing – in the beginning there was an egg and a sperm

I was born in 1971, I suppose that is just a short while after the black struggles for civil rights really hit their stride in the USA. Over here I grew up listening to Junior Choice and the tail end of a terribly old-fashioned post-war world of Muffin the Mule and Tubby the Tuba – but soul and disco music was working on putting all that to bed.

I remember as a small child remarking to my father that ‘black people sing better than white people’. Well this is arguable and quite possibly racist in some way, but marvellous Marvin and silky Smokey became the unofficial soundtrack to my teen years and as Wham! warbled as white ‘Soul Boys’ and I failed to like ‘Spear of Destiny’ and such like, I grew taller, got a perm (of course), failed my A-levels and decided – yes, that I was going to study, FILM!